WEST Indies chased down 322 on the final day for a remarkable victory against all expectations in the second test against England at Headingley.
Shai Hope carried West Indies home with a personal milestone as he became the first man in more than 500 first-class games at the Leeds ground to make a century in both innings.
He was 118 not out in the second innings as West Indies made 5-322, winning by five wickets at the very end of the final session of the match when all three results were still possible.
“Someone had to do it so I just put my hand up and did it for the team,” Hope said.
Having made 147 for a maiden test century in the first innings, Hope doubled up with his unbeaten ton in the second, the first time that’s happened in 127 years of first-class cricket at Headingley.
His second-innings century came under extreme pressure, too. He arrived with West Indies 2-53, teetering, and facing defeat.
“On the fifth day, against high-quality bowling on a used wicket. Great knock,” said England captain Joe Root.
Jermaine Blackwood helped Hope take West Indies to victory with a breezy 41 off 45 balls at the end and opener Kraigg Brathwaite did much of the tough early work against the new ball for his 95.
Hope and Brathwaite both made centuries in the first innings of 427 to give the West Indies the early advantage in an enthralling test. England surrendered a big first-innings lead – out for 258 – only to make enough runs in its second innings to declare on 490-8.
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